Call for Papers

Each issue of the journal contains an open section to provide a platform for general contributions on conflict and violence. Single contributions may be submitted at any point in time.

In addition each issue of IJCV also contains a so-called focus section. Contributions for a focus section are usually submitted in response to a Call for Papers (see below). Selected authors may be invited directly to participate in a focus section. If you are interested in guest editing an IJCV focus section, or if you have any suggestions for possible topics, please feel free to contact us.


Aside from regular scientific papers IJCV invites literature reviews that critically engage with the achievements and desiderata of conflict and violence research. Papers may be designed either according to regional or topical considerations. Thus academic production on a specific form of conflict and/or violence may be reviewed. Also, academic literature on conflict and/or violence in specific regions or sub-regions from around the world may be analyzed. Literature reviews will be subject to the journal’s standardized review process – for further information on manuscript preparations and review organization please contact us.


Call for papers

Focus: Bringing social action back into violence research

Guest Editor: Eddie Hartmann (University of Potsdam)

Violence has gained considerable eminence as a subject of the international field of social sciences in recent decades (Collins, 2008; Wieviorka, 2009; Bufacchi 2010; Walby, 2013; Kilby, 2013). Within the context of the international debate on violence research it is possible to identify two crucial issues: Not only has the study of violence been extensively fragmented into specialist areas of sociology or other sub-disciplines, but is has also been relatively absent from sociological theory as a research topic in its own right (Ray, 2011). It appears in social theory of course but largely subsumed within a broader discussion on social phenomena such as power relations, state building processes, social or political conflicts etc. Only very recently this tendency is changing with the work of Collins (2008), Malešević (2010), Schinkel (2010) and some others. This twofold tendency in the field of research has led to a persistent methodological divide between theoretical analysis and empirical research. That is to say, there is a significant lack of sociological research systematically approaching violence from the angle of social theory while methodologically allowing for a more integrated analysis of empirical aspects on both the micro- and macro-social level. The micro-macro divide becomes particularly obvious in the false dichotomy still too often found in the field of violence research between instrumentalist or rationalist assumptions on the one hand and culturalist accounts of violent action on the other hand.

Against the background of these critical remarks, in the focus section I would like to present new work by researchers who aim to engage with these theoretical and methodological problems in the international field of social sciences concerned with violence. All in all, the issue is meant to discuss a conspicuous shortcoming in social sciences’ understanding of violence that has been raised repeatedly in recent years, that is, “its tendency to approach violence primarily as a moral or political phenomenon” (Reemtsma, 2012, p. 261), instead of conceptualizing violent interaction in its specific context of action as a social fact (Hartmann, 2014). More precisely, the issue will bring together work by researchers who offer innovative approaches aiming to overcome static and formalist conceptions of agency, theoretical dichotomies and, most importantly, paradigmatic boundaries in terms of what might still be called the micro-macro bias in social sciences. The papers shall offer research perspectives that provide concrete methodological approaches and analytical tools for investigating the relational dynamic of violent interaction. What is meant here by relational dynamic is, broadly speaking, the basic assumption that the outcome of social interaction is always tied to particular occasions and their proper temporalities as well as to other participants in a given context of action. The papers should focus on a particular context of violent action and its own dynamics such as temporalities, emotional resources, opportunity structures, or social processes in a way that emphasizes the impact of these relational aspects upon the actors and their behavior. Research from diverse disciplinary strands (e.g. anthropology, sociology, political sciences, social psychology) representing a range of different methodological approaches is welcomed. The issue is meant to build a multidisciplinary focus section that, as a whole, can argue convincingly against abstract and formalized micro or macro categories of analysis in the study of violence by stressing the situated and contingent, dynamic, and embodied character of violent interaction.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words (including references) with a clear indication of the theoretical framework and empirical background of the work should be sent by March 31 2017 to: Eddie Hartmann

Based on the abstracts, the editor will invite the submission of full manuscripts by April 15, 2017. The submission deadline for the full manuscripts will be May 31, 2017. These papers will be peer-reviewed through the journal’s normal reviewing process. We will aim to provide feedback to authors by July 31, 2017, so that final revisions may be submitted no later than August 31, 2017. The issue is expected to be available online before the end of 2017.


Bufacchi, V. (ed.). 2011. Rethinking violence. London: Routledge.

Collins, R. 2008. Violence. A micro-sociological theory. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press.

Hartmann, E. 2014. Ordre social, légitimité et violence. La violence physique comme “fait social”. Revue de Synthèse, 4, p. 297-330.

Kilby, J. and L. Ray (ed.). 2014. Special issue: Violence and society. Toward a new sociology. The Sociological Review, 62.S2.

Malešević, S. 2010. The sociology of war and violence. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Ray, L. J. 2011. Violence and society. London: Sage.

Reemtsma, Jan Philipp. 2012. Trust and Violence. An Essay on a Modern Relationship. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press.

Schinkel, W. 2010. Aspects of violence. Farnham: Ashgate.

Walby, S. 2013. Violence and society: Introduction to an emerging field of sociology. Current Sociology, 61, p. 95-111.

Wieviorka, M. 2009. Violence: A new approach. London: Sage.